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The legendary producer, writer, director, and actor Carl Reiner is dead at 98.
Reiner died of natural causes on Monday night at his Beverly Hills home, Variety reported. (TMZ first broke the news on Tuesday.) His passing marks the end of a wildly successful career that included timeless collaborations with Mel Brooks and indelible contributions across the board to TV and film.
Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost—-who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world.
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) June 27, 2020
Reiner created (and produced and wrote and appeared on) The Dick Van Dyke Show. He directed bona fide Hollywood favorites like Steve Martin’s The Jerk and The Man With Two Brains, as well as the classic Martin-Lily Tomlin comedy All of Me. He was also an actor, appearing in hits like It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World.
Even younger audiences are familiar with Reiner’s work. He was Saul Bloom in the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, and he voiced a toy rhino – Carl Reinerocerous – in Toy Story 4, a role he reprised for the Disney+ series, Forky Asks a Question. He also made more recent TV appearances in Family Guy, American Dad, Parks and Recreation, and Bob’s Burgers.
Reiner came up during an era of comedy when punching down wasn’t quite so popular. It’s a fact that was reflected again and again in his work, which may be best characterized as wholesome irreverence.
He was also, by most accounts, just a good person. Not because of any particular philanthropic work; more for the way he carried himself and his platform in the world. You can see the evidence of that splashed all throughout Reiner’s prolific Twitter presence and public persona in general. In recent years especially, he embraced his role as a vocal critic of Donald Trump and the ideas he stands for.
Must never click on a news station before turning in. Hearing the Trumpster spew garbage can keep me up, give me bad dreams or nauseate me.
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) June 11, 2016
Reiner is survived by his three children, Annie, Lucas, and Rob (as in famed director, Rob Reiner). All three came from his marriage to Estelle Lebost, who died in 2008. The two married in 1943.
News of Reiner’s death was immediately met online by an outpouring of grief for the fallen icon and sympathy for his family, as well as fond reminiscences of happier times.
Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 30, 2020
My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy. He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.
— Dick Van Dyke (@iammrvandy) June 30, 2020
I’ve known Carl Reiner my whole life and I can’t imagine a world without him. A loss for me, a loss for my family, a loss for all of us.
— Max Brooks (@maxbrooksauthor) June 30, 2020
The world has lost a legend and I have lost a friend. There will never be another #CarlReiner. Truly a towering figure in entertainment. We send our deepest, heartfelt condolences to Rob and the whole Reiner family. A sad, sad day 😥 pic.twitter.com/Is1yeACpnN
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) June 30, 2020
It will take a while to process losing Carl Reiner because he’s been making me laugh since I was little. That’s some very funny processing helping leaven the sadness. Thank you, Carl. You done good.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) June 30, 2020
R.I.P. Carl Reiner. Growing up Carl was like a second dad to me. He was the greatest. Not just as a comic legend but as a man. There was no one else this funny and this nice. I loved him.
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— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) June 30, 2020
The Dick Van Dyke Show debuted in 1961, and it’s still funny. That’s a magic trick. RIP Carl Reiner, one of comedy’s greatest magicians.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) June 30, 2020
My friend Carl Reiner died last night. His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl. pic.twitter.com/QWyNOYILhW
— Alan Alda (@alanalda) June 30, 2020
Carl Reiner, Bronx born and bred, made TV comedy that endures to this day. He made America laugh — a true gift.
New York extends our condolences to his family and many friends. https://t.co/Xmou8kabLI
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 30, 2020
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